10 He sent and had John beheaded in the prison, 11 and his head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, and she brought it to her mother. 12 And his disciples came and took the body and buried it, and they went and told Jesus. 13 Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a desolate place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick.Matthew 14:10-14
Has there been a day in your life that you are very sad and you just want to be alone? Same here. I have those days too. Those days that I just want to be in my room and don’t want to talk to anyone. And you know what, Jesus has the same experience.
It happened when John the Baptist died. The disciples let Jesus know what happened and as per verse 13, you can see what he did, he went somewhere else alone. The word used was withdrew so I can imagine Him walking out from so many people because He felt the heaviness inside. At this point, since He was a man, He also felt the hurt, that depressing feeling when He lost someone important to Him. Remember, John was a relative and at the same time someone who baptize Him on water. They built a certain connection. But just like everybody else’s day, it will not stop there. Time will not stop when you are sad. If you have a job to do you will still need to get up and show up at work. Well, that’s what happened to Him. Despite the bad day, people still followed Him. And the good thing about Him, He had compassion on them. He saw their need of Him even in His trying time so He still healed them.
What I learned in this passage is one, Jesus also took time to recognize how He felt. He still responded by trying to be alone. He didn’t ignore His feelings He still took time to process it. Two, despite all the pain, He still continued healing people. You see, this is not a simple pain. Someone important to Him died. And can you imagine how much pain He was bearing at that time but still manage to continue?
I actually wonder since it’s not written on the scripture. What did He do during that time alone. How come He could continue with compassion? As I read most of the times Jesus was alone, He was always praying or talking to the Father. And I think, during His quick time alone, that’s what He did and that’s where He got the courage to continue and have compassion in serving people.
This is a good illustration, don’t you think? As we always aim to be like Jesus, we can also see the similarity of our situations with Him. This is giving us hope to continue and be more like Him.